I know this sounds ridiculous. Let me explain... I recently switched schools. I grew frustrated with the lack of decent training partners at my school. I was one of the highest ranking students, but aside from the coach, I was probably the best. Anyway, I recently left the school that I started in. I went to a school in a nearby town and some of the guys are much better. There are more wrestlers. There are blue belts that give me trouble. I hang with and tap some of their good guys, but it seems the some of the guys are much better and belts are less easily given. I've tapped purples at this new school, but I've also been tapped by blues. I know that's just how it goes sometimes, but I wasn't really getting tapped by anyone at my old school. Aside from my coach who's a black belt. I split with my old school on weird terms. The coach said I was a liability because I hurt a guy. I compete in MMA as well as BJJ and I was sparring with a pro fighter and leg kicked him. I kicked him really hard, but it's no harder than I've kicked him and a dozen other people in the past. His knee twisted and his ACL tore. I don't feel responsible because like I said, I've kicked him and everyone else there just as hard. We were going hard because he was preparing for a fight. I threw two leg kicks that landed right in the middle of his thigh. Then as I threw my 3rd, he stepped in to try to counter, but he was a little slow and my kick landed right above his knee and that's when the injury happened. Point is, I don't feel I did anything wrong. The head coach didn't see what happened but decided that since I hurt him I'm too dangerous and I'm a liability and can't be trusted to train with these guys. I feel that I've outgrown the gym. I was a big fish in a small pond I guess. The actual split was polite and he just said that he wishes me luck but I was too dangerous to train there. The problem is... My girlfriend (whom I met at the gym) still trains there. She's working toward her blue belt.... So I swing by after my training to pick her up and I go inside to let her know I was there. She's changing in the locker room so I'm waiting and people that I've trained with there for years are saying hello to me. Striking up conversations. Asking what I'm up to now. I politely say that I'd rather not talk about why I left or where I'm training (out of respect for my former coach who I trained under for years). Anyway, after a few minutes of that, the owners wife comes out and tells me she wants to see me in her office. I'm thinking to myself that I don't really have any business with her in there and ask her what it is she wants to talk about. She says she needs to speak to me in private. I kind of knew where this was going at this point, but I indulged her. I head into the office and they tell me that since I'm not a student there anymore I shouldn't be in there talking to their students. They asked if I was training at another school and I told them it wasn't their business. They then say that one of their students came to them and saw pictures of me on my facebook at my new school so they know I'm training someplace else. I said "Since I was kicked out of this school and I wanted to continue training I had to go someplace else. What did they expect?" She said they didn't want me here and that I can't come to their school to talk to their students. I said that I just came in to get my girlfriend and she told me to call her next time. Sorry for the rant. I'm still pissed about all that. The point is... Considering the fact that the belt levels are more legit at this new school and my former instructor and coach has apparently turned his back on me altogether.. I'm thinking of demoting myself to white belt. By which I mean burning the purple belt given to me by my old coach. At least in the gym. I want my new coach to give me promotions and assess my skills according to his criteria. Not fall back on my old coach's belt and say "Well, my old coach thought I was a purple!" or something... I feel like I fit in with this new schools blue belts but I want my new coach to decide. Is it unconventional to do this? I try to be self-effacing and just take things in stride, but being told I can't train there anymore and that I have to wait in the parking lot to pick up my girlfriend is pretty harsh. A pathetic move on their part. If they were more confident in their school, they wouldn't be so scared of losing students to my new school.